Agota Kristof, born in Csikvand, Hungary, in 1935, became an exile in French-speaking Switzerland in 1956. Working in a factory, she slowly learned the language of her adopted country. Her first novel, Le Grand Cahier (1986; The Notebook), was translated into more than 30 languages. She wrote plays as well as further novels. She died in 2011.
Unavailable in the UK for over twenty years, Agota Kristof ’s modern European...